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Art & Design (Art Practice) BTEC HNC

The one year HNC in Art Practice will allow you to explore your artistic practice through a broad diagnostic introduction to contemporary art. For example, painting, printmaking, sculpture or in an interdisciplinary way. In addition, you will develop methodologies for idea generation within an art context. The course will also introduce you to the philosophy and sociology of art. Art theory and contextual studies are delivered along side your practical art work. The course is run by art practitioners and they put an emphasis on professional practice through live projects and by enabling you to submit work to national art competitions, for example the Jerwood Drawing Prize. From this HNC course you can progress onto our HND.

Full-time

Luana

I studied the Art & Design FD course at Bedford College and enjoyed it so much I wanted to progress on to the HND.  I did consider going to university, but thought it was best to do the first two years of my degree at college and then do a top-up third year at university, as I felt I needed the extra support college gives.  Plus, the cost was more reasonable than university - it was £4,000 a year for me, whereas university would have been £9,000, so I felt I was getting much better value for money.                                     

I particularly enjoyed the commission work we did for Bedford Borough Council.  I found it very rewarding and now have one of my sculptures in a local park.  The original commission was to design sculptures that could be placed inside and outside the labyrinth at Priory Park in Bedford.  I created something made out of recycled mahogany and teak.  I like bringing materials back to life and creating something beautiful out of discarded objects. I was delighted when my sculpture was selected to be positioned outside the labyrinth and then it was transferred to a permanent location at Harrold-Odell Country Park.

The skills you learn on this course, and particularly when undertaking real commissions, are invaluable.  It’s definitely improved my problem solving skills and made me more confident about how I approach my work.  I now feel ready for university and in September I’ll be doing a top-up year at the University of Westminster in London, so I’ll have a full BA Honours in Fine Art. 

Luana - Fine Art HND

Featured on The Guardian’s 'End of year favourites'

Painting by former student Emma Richardson

“The uncanny is frightening because it is not known. Children, especially little girls, signify a non-threatening vulnerability and when this is combined with the uncanny it can disturb our mental and emotional responses, as we generally seek to protect and nurture the young.”

Emma Richardson, former Fine Art HND student

Entry requirements

Grade requirements
In order to begin this course you will need a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design or UAL Level 3 Art & Design or A-Level Art & Design or relevant professional experience.

Other requirements
Portfolio of Art or Design work.

Essential:
  • Level 3 Qualification in an Art or Design subject
Desirable:
  • A Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Course content

During this course you will study the following core compulsory units:

  • Visual Communication
  • Ideas Generation and Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing
  • Professional Practice.

You will also study from a range of specialist units, including:

  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Exhibition of Art Work
  • Management of Art Exhibitions
  • Fine Art Painting
  • Fine Art Sculpture
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Time-based Artwork
  • Fine Art Ready-mades
  • Site-specific Art Work
  • Commissioned Art Work
  • Drawing in Fine Art
  • Development of a Fine Art Identity
  • Development of a Fine Art Language
  • Personal Development Through Drawing.

Some of these units are likely to be combined to form a final major project with unit five, Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation. In total you will study eight units on this course.

The course benefits from a guest speaker programme and students also have the opportunity to travel abroad on cultural visits for example Berlin or Amsterdam or New York. 

Assessment methods

You will work with a range of specialist lecturers, including practising designers, in well-equipped studios and workshops. Project briefs are set for each assignment, and you are encouraged to develop a personal response to each task. All activities are supported through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions to inform you of personal progress and to aid assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with assignments graded at the end of each project.

Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Art and Design

Further study and career options

Course progression:

Art & Design (Art Practice) BTEC HND

Career progression:

  • Teacher Training at Bedford College
  • Art Practitioner
  • Illustrator
  • Gallery Curator
  • Conservation  

Additional information

Additional costs

  • Provision of basic art & design equipment such as: paint brushes, clay, plaster, wood, canvas, and any additional consumable materials demanded by personal project requirements.
  • Resource fee of £150 to cover acrylic paint, oil paint, mediums, and printing/ink costs.
  • Train fares for visits by train to London (normally up to two a year).
  • A digital camera is advantageous but not essential.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code AD01. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at www.ucas.com. The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 20/09/2018 £5500 Cauldwell Street L504

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

Accessibility
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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